Meet Janine Windolph, the MacKenzie’s Curator of Public Programs
The MacKenzie recently welcomed artist, educator, and community activist Janine Windolph to the Gallery, as she takes on the role of Adjunct Curator of Public Programs. Janine comes to the MacKenzie with a rich and varied work practice, which also includes feature filmmaking, educating, and festival and arts event coordinating. One of the first big projects Janine will helm is programming for Transformative Landscapes. This program will include panel discussions, artist workshops, and film screenings revolving around ideas and issues relating to public art.
The 3-minute Questionaire
What three words come to mind when you think of public art?
Storytelling, Community, and Process.
At the heart of each piece comes many stories from the artist and who they are representing; to those presenting it; and to those taking it in and interpreting it. One piece can be viewed from many lenses, and this is what makes it more exciting.
Community because in the process of creation, a community can be impacted through the programming that surrounds it, and when it’s done, it becomes a piece for the community to embrace, as its presence is accessible to all.
Process because it’s the key moment of transformation. In this case, as an institution working in collaboration with an artist and a team who support the vision and its implementation of the final piece to be shared with the public.
What excites you about this project in particular?
I have always had a fondness of working at the MacKenzie Art Gallery over the years in different capacities. Each role, first as Storykeeper, to Education Program Assistant and now Adjunct Curator of Public Programs has challenged me in new ways while helping me grow in my career in Fine Arts. The team that supports this program and all its components bring a strength to the project that give me confidence and its commitment to engaging community and supporting the dialogue of reconciliation, public artwork, national commemoration and intercultural relations.
What other projects are you looking forward to working on over the next year at the Mackenzie?
As part of my role, I am happy to support the Sioux Symposium that is aligned with the opening of the Dana Claxton: The Sioux Project-Tatanka Oyate curated by Dr. Carmen Robertson.
Being able to bring the Imagining Indigenous Futures workshops to Regina is another exciting project for 2018. This July I will travel to Hawaii to observe the SKINS 5 in He Au Hou workshop that will have the participants create a playable video game. Lastly, I will be going to Winnipeg for their IIF symposium November 30, 2017 to December 2, 2017. The next one will be held in Regina in 2018.